Fellows Program Highlight: Meet Dana!

Meet Dana Vanderford. Dana graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and has been teaching high school English for the last three years in New Orleans. Although her background centers around public education, she has pursued an infrastructure and development trajectory in her recent placements through her Coro Fellowship.

While at Mack Urban, Dana developed a framework for navigating city ordinances to facilitate the creation of Green Alleys and public parks that neighbor mid and high-rise developments in South Park. This experience provided extensive opportunities to analyze the critical nature of public-private partnerships in real estate development. In completing her project, Dana organized interviews with the leadership at Council Districts and Business Improvement Districts to document the process of developing these green spaces. In the future, this framework will be used to identify key stakeholders and policy considerations for involved public and private organizations, with the goal of streamlining the process for future development. In her placement at Mack Urban, Dana developed a passion for working in construction and development sectors and is furthering her learning in her current labor placement with the Los Angeles / Orange Counties Building and Construction Trade Council.